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ORAL TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL LITERARY TALENT

BERNTH O. LINDFORS
Studies in the Novel
Vol. 4, No. 2, COMMONWEALTH NOVEL (summer 1972), pp. 200-217
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29531515
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Abstract

The first African authors to write in European languages drew their inspiration from either European literary tradition or African oral tradition. Later innovators attempted to fuse these disparate traditions by taking advantage of the resources of both to create a syncretic literature which had an integrity of its own. The most original African writing has thus been firmly rooted in two cultures and has drawn equal strength from each simultaneously. The most traditional African writers have been those who have created new art out of the old conventions they inherited from differing aesthetic systems. (BOL)

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